Going places

Graduating senior Katelyn Brinker works in Dr. Reza Zoughi’s Applied Microwave Nondestructive Testing Laboratory. She returns to Missouri S&T as a graduate student in the fall. Photo by Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

From the deserts of Utah to the moons of Jupiter, Katelyn Brinker advances the future of space exploration

When the European Space Agency launches its mission to explore Jupiter’s moons in 2022, the ambitious effort will stay connected to Earth thanks in part to the work of Missouri S&T student Katelyn Brinker. [Read more…]

Environmental engineering student studies space pollution

Most environmental engineering students are concerned about conditions on Earth. Nicholas Jarnagin, a senior in environmental engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, is worried about pollution in space.
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S&T grad to blog from space

NASA astronaut Sandra Magnus, a Missouri University of Science and Technology graduate, is scheduled to launch into orbit aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour on Nov. 14. The space shuttle will drop Magnus off at the International Space Station for a four-month stay, during which time she will be contributing to a Missouri S&T blog aimed at getting more kids interested in science.

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Reaching for the stars

It’s become an American cliche, the familiar answer to a question asked of American schoolkids everywhere in the 1960s and ’70s. What do you want to be when you grow up? the teacher would ask. The less inspired among us would recite the usual answers: firefighters, doctors, police officers. But there were always other children whose imaginations were less bridled. Those were the kids whose thoughts reached for the stars — the kids who wiped their Tang mustaches on their sleeves and answered, I want to be an astronaut.

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UMR-developed technique may guide future space launches

A new flight-control method created by UMR researchers to launch missiles and aircraft may one day send unmanned space vehicles on voyages to the moon, Mars or beyond.

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Students create tethered satellite to research distributed systems

Call it a match made for the heavens: MR SAT and MRS SAT, a pair of microsatellites created by UMR engineering students, will tie the knot before they launch into space.

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Professor studies NASA insulation materials

A UMR researcher who uses a relatively new technique to detect subtle defects in materials is now using that method to study foam samples similar to the insulation used on NASA’s space shuttles.

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Stronger tiles, safer shuttles

In the wake of the Feb. 1 space shuttle Columbia tragedy, the national media spotlight turned to a couple of young faculty members in UMR’s ceramic engineering department. Greg Hilmas and Bill Fahrenholtz have just started work on a three-year, $300,000 project for the Air Force to develop ultra-high-temperature ceramic tiles — tiles that also could be used on future space shuttles.

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Students plan a spin on NASA’s "vomit comet"

In hopes of finding ways to improve construction in space, eight University of Missouri-Rolla students will conduct reduced-gravity experiments on welding properties April 23 through May 3 aboard NASA’s KC-135 aircraft, the "vomit comet" that doubled as a command module for Tom Hanks and other cast members during the filming of the movie Apollo 13.

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